|The photo on the left was taken of John Sarsfield at a Partners of the Americas social gathering in Ogunquit Maine, June 1986. He had just returned from a trip to Maine's sister state of Rio Grande do Norte in northeastern Brazil where, according to his account, management of the marine resources left much to be desired and archaic fishing methods, boats and equipment were in conflict with efforts to modernize these elements. John had great respect for the traditional wood boat-building skills that still existed in small coastal villages in the northeast. His goal was to help preserve these skills in a way that was compatible with better management of natural resources, modernization of fishing methods and sustainable communities. He returned to Maine with the objective of linking the two states' university research and their national maritime resources - a goal cut short by John's untimely death during the construction of the Niña.
When the Niña visited Portland Maine on June 11, 2002, Maine Partners were pleased to see John's major contribution to its design and construction recognized by the Columbus Foundation and we were delighted with the opportunity to meet the Captain and First Mate.
Stephen P. Simonds, Secretary
Maine Chapter, Partners of the Americas